Category: Spice Up Your Life

Cauliflower soup is good for more winter

If you missed it, let me fill you in on one of the current health-food crazes sweeping the Internet: cauliflower. Food blogs and Pinterest boards will yield recipes for everything from mashed cauliflower that the author swears your kids will think is mashed potatoes to baked cauliflower pizza crusts. I?d read enough posts extolling me that I wouldn?t be able […]

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Get your fill with homemade pierogies

I am often intrigued by traditional foods that I didn?t get to experience during my childhood. My first taste of pierogies, for example, was during a meal with my parents-in-law, and I was immediately interested in how to make the delicious little dumplings. According to the website ?Tasting Poland,? pierogies are traditional to the country, but our Americanized way of […]

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Party time? Wing it with Buffalo chicken dip

January is wrapping up, which means the Super Bowl (or, as a friend of mine put it, ?More like the ?Couldn?t Beat the Chiefs? Bowl.?) is just around the corner. At our house, the Super Bowl is a major event that we normally spend with friends and family, yelling at the TV and enjoying good snacks. My only issue with […]

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Sweet potato dish: a path to cloud nine

Just before Christmas, I got the chance to do some cooking with the daughters of some of our good friends. Their dad and Joey were busy watching a basketball game, so the girls wandered into the kitchen to help. (I?m going to use that term loosely.) In addition to learning how to roll peppernuts and how to use a vegetable […]

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Warm up with this ‘spud’tacular soup

Here?s a current event you don?t need the newspaper to report for you: it?s stinkin? cold outside! Winter finally decided to rear its ugly head, and I?m not all that excited. The only nice thing about cold weather for me is that I can fire up my oven and heat up the house, and I?m actually happy about it. If […]

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You’ll flip for this sunny upside-down cake

As the temperatures outside continue to be low and the days seem a bit on the dreary side, I found myself looking for a little sunshine on one of those gloomy days. Thank goodness, the sun has made its presence known a few times over the past week, but I?m ready for spring and summer to hit. Well, I found […]

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There’s ‘nuttin” better than these squares

My kitchen is a place where I?m constantly reminded of the wonderful people I?ve been blessed to know throughout my life. From my mixer to my pie pans to my measuring cups, memories of friends and family float in every cupboard and even more hover in my recipe box. There are tastes and smells of my childhood and good meals […]

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A pie this good will drive you coco’nuts’

There aren?t many desserts that I have trouble finishing. Even when other people tap out after a few bites because something is just ?too rich,? I?m not generally one to join them. I tend to be the last woman standing, fork in hand, proud (and full) of vanquishing that delicious concoction. The pie recipe I?m sharing with you this week […]

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A ?parm?anent recipe for your meal rotation

Every time I watch a cooking show, I become keenly aware that the man or woman making that delectable recipe on TV has no intention of being the one who has to do the dishes. I understand that it?s easier to have items pre-measured, but watching those television cooks dirty dozens of little dishes for a tablespoon of this or […]

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‘Chews’ quick no-bake cookies for holidays

I may be in the minority, but I really enjoy making all of the holiday candy and cookies that are popular this time of year. I like melting chocolate in my double boiler and coating everything from peanuts to pretzels, I enjoy mixing up batches of peanut brittle, and I love making peppernuts. The only problem with all this Christmas-time […]

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